As local a hard-of-hearing kid, the thought of attending musical concerts and performances was not often considered. Leisurely activities tended toward art galleries and museums, until we attended the Seattle Men’s Chorus [“Critics say chorus interpreter is inaccurate, seek his removal,” NWThursday, Dec. 29].
Its excellent performance was wonderfully supplemented by Kevin Gallagher’s interpretation. Thanks to him, my family has been given the privilege of a fully inclusive choice for the annual holiday show.
As I understand it, his interpretations may not be sufficient for all deaf and hard-of-hearing members of the audience. But I’m shocked by their extensive requests and insistence that Kevin step down. His role in the chorus was, and still is, a significant motivator for my family to see the chorus and he is an irreplaceable member of the choir.
I am thoroughly impressed by the willingness to cooperate with these demands by seeing to it that Kevin will be trained to sufficient standards. After his years — decades, even — of commitment to the chorus, it would be a shame for all involved if that were to end on this account.
Jordan Atwood, Seattle
December 29, 2013 at 7:32 AM